There are a lot of blogs out there on writing and sometimes you can get swamped in them. I have been an avid reader of blogs on writing for the past 6-8 years and what I have learnt is that more info is not necessarily better.
There was a point where I was getting totally swamped in emails from the number of blogs I had signed up to and it can get very stressful and you just don’t end up learning anything. So a few months ago when I did a huge email clear out, I removed myself from a number of blogs that I no longer read or didn’t feel provided me with the information I was looking for.
The ones below are those that survived the cull because these sites are really the only ones that I really follow, as I am serious about becoming a full-time Author Entrepreneur. Note that you need to be clear about what you want from your writing and where you want it to go and then consume content accordingly (otherwise you get swamped in information overload).
My goal is to become a full-time Author Entrepreneur a creative who earns an income via writing and is business savvy. Therefore I now only follow those whose success I want to emulate. My recommendations below:
On The Business of Writing
- The Creative Penn– Joanna Penn is UK-based and is one of my role models. She has been in this field for a number of years and I have attended a number workshops and events where she has spoken. She is seriously inspiring and creates a living from her creative life as an author entrepreneur.What I love about Joanna Penn is that she believes writers can make a very good living from their writing and she is very business savvy. Her blog is a fantastic one-stop shop for almost everything you need to know about writing, publishing, marketing and selling your book. Bookmark this site and save it to your favorites I can guarantee you will be referring back to it again and again.
- Seth Godin is another one of my role models when it comes to business and entrepreneurship. He blogs everyday about ideas, advice, marketing and business. You can learn how to build a loyal audience, how to market more effectively to your audience and to make a real ruckus. And yes, he blogs EVERYDAY and has done so for over 10 years. If he can do it, so can we 🙂
- GoinsWriter– I’ve been following Jeff Goins for a number of years now and have watched him slowly move into making a full-time living from his writing. His site is packed with loads of info on the craft of writing and he also talks a lot about the writer mindset and mentality.
- Entrepreneurs Journey – this is a relatively new site I have been introduced to (via the Creative Penn podcast). Yaro Starak is an expert on how to make a living from blogging. His site is crammed with useful articles and other content on how to turn your words into pounds and dollars. A wealth of information that would be silly to ignore. He also focuses on the entrepreneurial life which I love and he interviews loads of business people. Lots to learn here!
- Author unlimited– Cathy Pressland offers helpful practical tips and inspiration for writers in self publishing. I have personally taken her online course and she has a down to earth friendly style and conveys information in an easy to digest manner.
On The Craft of Writing
- The Write Practice– Great articles on the craft of writing and you can practice ‘deliberate’ writing. Every post encourages you to spend 15 minutes writing on a prompt that is provided. The point of this is to cultivate a habit of deliberate practice of writing.
- Story Grid– I’ve only recently started to read this blog, again bought to my attention via The Creative Penn podcast. Shawn’s blog is full of info on the craft of writing – definitely worth a look. i have bookmarked a ton of articles I want to read.
- Steven Pressfield– I don’t think this guy needs an introduction (one of my hero’s!). Suffice to say he is the author of some amazing books, some of which I am still yet to read – Turning Pro and The War of Art (both on my Kindle I just haven’t read them yet!). He talks about the writer mentality and how to overcome the fear of writing- ‘Resistance’.
- She’s Novel– loads of articles and resources on how to write and publish. The author, Kristen A. Kieffer, also shares her own writing journey which is always interesting to read.
- Tech Tools For Writers– focuses more on practical tips and highlights tools every writer needs in this digital age. always helpful for someone who struggles with the tech side of things i.e. ME!
- Completely Novel– these guys are a publishing company helping indie- authors to publish their books. However it’s worth taking a look at their blog which is packed with advice on writing and publishing. I always learn something new here.
Keeping Up To Date With Industry News
- The Alliance of Independent Authors is a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish. The site is packed with huge amounts of helpful info, which you can access for free. You can also sign up as a paid member where you get additional resources and access. They have a strong presence at book fairs globally and host tons of useful workshops for indie- authors. I’m not a paid member…yet but it’s on my ‘To Do’ list!
- The Bookseller– a good site to keep an eye on what’s going on within the publishing industry.
- Author Earnings – Created by authors for authors, they gather and share information on author earnings and other relevant news in the publishing world. A great impartial source to see how books are selling traditionally Vs. indie authors. Its worth checking out their monthly reports to see what is happening in the industry.
I will update this post as I come across more useful and helpful sites. Do you have any you can recommend? If so please let me know and I will add them to this list so everyone can benefit from it too! Sharing is caring 🙂